2018 Pilgrim's Sustainability Report

Great taste
with great care.

At Pilgrim’s, our view of sustainability is guided by our vision to become the best and most respected company in our industry, creating the opportunity of a better future for our team members.

We believe sustainability involves improving short- and long-term profitability by managing economic, social and environmental factors, and we have adopted the three traditional pillars of sustainability, which guide our sustainability program:

Social Responsibility
Economic Viability
Environmental Stewardship



Reduce greenhouse gas emission intensity by 14%

Goal Completion 100%

We’ve exceeded our goal with a 20% decrease.


Reduce electricity use intensity by 12%

Goal Completion 100%

We’ve decreased electricity use by 13%.


Reduce natural gas use intensity by 14%

Goal Completion 79%

We’ve achieved an 11% reduction.


Reduce water use intensity by 10%

Goal Completion 0%

Our water use intensity has increased 13%.

Team Member Health and Safety

Reduce severe incidents by 15% year over year

Goal Completion 13%

Last year, severe incidents decreased by 2%.

Animal Welfare

Achieve a 90% or better on our Animal Health and Welfare Scorecard for all processing plants

On Track

We are on track to achieve this goal.

Animal Welfare

Achieve a 95% or better on our Animal Health and Welfare Scorecard for our live operations

On Track

We are on track to achieve this goal.

Supply Chain

Ensure 100% of our vendors comply with our Supplier Code of Business Ethics and Conduct

On Track

We are on track to achieve this goal.

2020 goals are set for our U.S. facilities

Approach and Progress

  1. A Message from our President and CEO

    It’s been an exciting year for Pilgrim’s and our sustainability progress. Read highlights from 2018 to learn how we’re positively impacting families around the globe.

  2. 01/08

    Who We Are

    As a leading poultry company in world, Pilgrim’s has provided wholesome, high-quality products to customers and consumers for more than seven decades.

  3. 02/08

    Team Members

    The success of our company starts with our people. We focus on providing a safe and well-managed workplace that presents the best opportunities for our team members to thrive.

  4. 03/08

    Customers and

    We produce safe, nutritious, healthy, high-quality poultry products for consumers around the globe. We are proud to provide choices that meet nutritional needs and ethical expectations.

  5. 04/08


    We’re committed to helping society meet the challenge of sustainability in a responsible manner by improving the efficiency of our operations and minimizing our environmental footprint.

  6. 05/08

    Animal Care

    Animal welfare is embedded in the framework of our culture. Our business begins with the well-being of our chickens, and we are dedicated to ensuring their humane treatment, handling and slaughter. 

  7. 06/08


    We have a long history of partnering with non-profit organizations in local communities, and each of our facilities encourages its team members to be active stewards of their community.

  8. 07/08


    Our suppliers are part of Pilgrim’s supply chain and contribute to our overall sustainability. We work with farm partners of all sizes to ensure the highest quality products.

  9. 08/08

    About This Report

    The goal of our 2018 Sustainability Report is to provide a transparent account of our sustainability management approach and performance. We prepared this report using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines.

Our Stories

Read about the people and facilities contributing to our sustainability efforts.

Learn More About Our Other Sustainability Efforts at Pilgrim’s